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Feuerzangenbowle, a Traditional Hot Punch Recipe
Germany’s Feuerzangenbowle, Flaming Fire Tongs Punch, made with red wine, rum and sugar flambé, is not only a traditional Christmas and New Year’s drink but a favorite throughout the winter and holiday season.
Christmas in Germany
Christmas Eve, "Heiligabend", is not only the most eagerly awaited but also the most significant of Germany's Twelve Days of Christmas. "Weihnachten" is filled with celebrations and age old customs, and a rich and colorful mix of the religious, secular, traditional, folk and food.
German Christmas Cookie Recipes
Vanilla Crescents and Cinnamon Stars are two of the most popular Weihnachts plaetzen. The traditional 'Holiday Cookies', or Weihnachtskekse, which are a central and indispensable part of a Christmas in Germany.
Germany's Prehistoric Solar Observatory
Solstice was celebrated as an important seasonal midpoint by the pre-history agricultural civilization which created Germany's Goseck Circle. And from Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to Midsummer and Litha, festivities of many faiths and cultures are still held near winter and summer solstices.
Currywurst, Germany's Sausage and Sauce, a Recipe
For many Germans life without Currywurst is unthinkable. Grilled sausage with curry sauce, it's an iconic fast food snack enjoyed everywhere from tourist spots to city streets, as well as a favorite photo opportunity for Presidents and Prime Ministers. With recipe for the special sauce.
Germany's Christmas Markets
Advent in Germany and the traditional "Weihnachtsmaerkte" begin to open. Famous the world over the Christmas Markets, with their enchanting nostalgic atmosphere and delicious seasonal aromas, are an intrinsic and unforgettable part of the German holiday season.
German Caramelized Almonds Recipe
Caramelized Almonds, freshly cooked and bought from festival or street side stalls or homemade, are delicious candied almonds enjoyed throughout the year in Germany. And Christmas, Weihnachtsmaerkte, Gluehwein and Gebrannte Mandeln are an unbeatable combination.
St. Nicholas in Germany
Without St. Nicholas there would be no Santa Claus. His reputation as a secret benefactor and giver of gifts made him the inspiration for Sinterklaas, and with St. Nicholas Eve on December 5, and December 6 St. Nicholas Day, "Nikolaus" is still a magical time in many areas of Germany.
Advent Calendars, a Countdown to Christmas
On December 1 the first of the Advent Calendar's twenty-four surprises is discovered and the countdown to Heiligabend, Christmas Eve, begins. An Adventskalender, for generations a much loved Weihnachtszeit holiday tradition in Germany.
Seasonal and Holiday Drink Recipes
Warming winter drinks are found everywhere during Germany's cold weather season, not only for the Weihnachten and New Year celebrations when "Gluehwein" and "Christmas/New Year" make a timeless combination. From Gluehwein and Punch to Pharisaeer there are many traditional drinks to try.
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